(PLEASE be sure to read the entire post, not solely a few bits.)
After much debate and deliberation, the 2020 Cochranton Community Fair will not take place this year. Your Board of Directors engaged in serious discussion and debate, assessing all angles of the situation from our local organizations with booths at the fair to commercial vendors who need to make travel arrangements to join us each summer, from the 4-H students with clubs currently closed down to our exhibitors from the general public, from fund-raisers to donations, from state funds to ongoing expenses of the fair, and many incidental possibilities.
As you know, we were unable to have our breakfast buffet benefit which provides a good part of our operating funds to get the fair started. With that in mind, the questionable supply chain for our vendors, the safety concerns for our patrons and volunteers, and the financial stress on our supporters and community, it was a very, very difficult decision for us to come to.
We want to have a fair, BUT, we have to put the welfare of many others before our desire for our fun event. We will miss seeing you all and savoring all the tasty treats at the organization food stands, tossing a ball at the dunking booth, and more, but we are confident we reached the best decision possible for everyone.
We hope that all those who have been sponsors and donors to the fair will be able to utilize this opportunity towards reopening businesses, keeping businesses afloat, and that everyone is able to feed their families without undo difficulty.
Please stay safe and healthy. We encourage you to look after yourselves, your neighbors, our entire community and friends across the Commonwealth of PA and our country, the USA.
Remember to thank our farmers, our first responders, our medical workers, supply chain/delivery people, and all who have been putting themselves at risk to take care of our health, our food supply, and our basic needs.
It takes all of us, each one of us, you and me.
We are moving forward to plan the 2021 fair season.
Save your projects for next year, plan your garden strategies, talk to your animals, buy local as much as you can. One thing about it, you have over a year to make plans for your fair entries in 2021!
Put on your thinking caps!
We are and we're not quitting! We farming types just don't quit! We're shifting gears and moving forward to a new and different fair season! We'll keep you posted!
August 3 - 8 , 2020 will be a memory of many festivals cancelled due to a global pandemic. Let us make our own memories and prepare for a time when we can make memories at the fair in 2021!
Our 2020 theme was: Making Memories One Fair at a Time.
ANNUAL BREAKFAST BENEFIT BUFFET NEWS
The Annual Fair Breakfast Benefit Buffet has been postponed.
Due to the many public concerns about the coronavirus, your Fair Board has opted to cancel the March date, postponing for an unscheduled timeframe, with a definite new date to be announced in the coming weeks.
We will be monitoring this public health issue and plan the new date with safety first and a fun event for all as spring and summer get warmer.
We apologize for any inconvenience to those who plan to attend, who donate items for our basket raffle, who sponsor the event in any way, and our volunteer workers.
We look forward to seeing you later this spring when health concerns are in a state of better resolution!
2020 is here and your fair board has been busy!
Our Junior Fair Board has had a busy winter also! The 2020 Junior Fair Board application is now available on this website, on our Facebook page, and in paper format at the Cochranton Area Public Library! Please read over the qualifications and, if you meet those including the age requirement, please submit your application per the application instructions!
We are proud of our Junior Fair Board members and their mentor! They held the 1st Annual Gingerbread House Competition in November 2019 and are looking forward to planning the next one for this autumn.
In the meantime, the Juniors are prepping to assist with the Annual Fair Board Breakfast Buffet on Sunday, March 22, 2020 from 9am-1pm and looking forward to the many projects leading up to the Cochranton Community Fair from August 3-8, 2020!
We look forward to more of our area youth becoming directly involved with their fair, your fair, the Cochranton Community Fair!!
One week from this evening, Vesper Services will be held to welcome the beginning of the Cochranton Community Fair!
One week from today, you can begin submitting your fair entries (please see the fair book for details)!
One week from today, volunteers from many organizations will be busy setting up their booths, tents, games, and more -- looking forward to a fun-filled week with everyone in the community and visitors from outside our little town!
One week from tomorrow..............can't you just smell those Firemen's Fries, the funnel cakes at Our Lady of Lourdes, the loaded baked potatoes at the Methodist Church, the hot sausage sandwiches at the Presby booth??
One week from tomorrow, can you hear the squeals of the dunking booth, the rides in motion, the sheep blatting, the roosters crowing, the cows mooing, and so much more?
One week from tomorrow, can't you feel the excitement of live bands every night, a night with pulling contests, a night with a parade, a night with a woodsman competition, and more?
Please visit your fair book for a complete schedule of all these events and join us one week from tonight for the Vesper Service on the grounds! Don't forget - Always Free Admission!
Visit us on social media for daily updates from the fair grounds!
As of today, June 5, 2019, our annual Cochranton Community Fair Book (premium book) is available online!! 2019 Fair Book It will be available in various area businesses beginning this weekend and distribution to businesses will continue throughout mid-June. Our thanks to Marley Roday for her artwork used in our cover design!
Also, we are pleased to announce that our custom tee-shirt fund-raiser has gone live today! You may order shirts through June 25, 2019. Please see the details on our tee-shirt page! 2019 Cochranton Fair tee-shirts!!
We are excited about this year's fair, knowing that we still offer one of the very few free-admission fairs in our commonwealth!! We've added a woodsman competition for this year's fair and look forward to seeing many of you showcasing your talents!
See you soon!
2019 Tee-Shirts will be available to order after June 1, 2019! Be on the lookout! They're going to be awesome!!
The 2018 Cochranton Community Fair Book has arrived!!
This year's edition celebrates the 90th Anniversary of our little community's always-free-admission fair!!
Currently the fair book is available on this website -- just click on the following link for a complete PDF version of the book: 2018 Fair Book
As of June 7, 2018, you may also pick up a paper/hard copy of the book at the following businesses in the Cochranton Area:
(More books will be distributed in the coming week to other area business locations!)
Volunteers who have families, jobs, and other activities just like you!